By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cleveland Browns were considered to have Super Bowl expectations following their off-season. However, through the first three games of the season, things are not looking good.
The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Browns, 20-13, on Sunday Night Football at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
The last time the Browns were on Sunday Night Football was when they lost 10-6 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 14, 2008.
The Rams improved to 3-0 on the season. The Browns; however, fell to 1-2 on the season.
While the Browns took the loss, they did have an opportunity to at least tie the game late. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield forced a pass that was intercepted by Rams safety John Johnson III with 27 seconds left in the game.
“It was a fight for the ball,” Johnson said. “He wanted it, but I had to have it.”
First-year Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said to blame him after the loss.
“I should have ran it one time,” he said. “That is why I am kicking myself … . … If you are looking to blame somebody, blame me. Do not blame any of our players. Do not blame any of our other coaches. Just blame me because I can take it. Just blame me. Go write your article and say that I messed the game up.
“Go write your article and say that it is my fault that things are not looking like it did last year because it is.”
Rams quarterback Jared Goff went 24 of 38 for 269 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and two interceptions.
Todd Gurley II had 14 carries for 43 yards.
Brandin Cooks had eight receptions for 112 yards. Cooper Kupp had 11 receptions for 102 receptions and two touchdowns. Robert Woods had three receptions for 40 yards.
“It mostly was Jared being able to stay alive in the pocket and making some great throws in tight windows,” Kupp said of his two touchdowns. “He has a lot of trust in me, being in the right place at the right time.”
Mayfield went 18 of 36 for 195 yards. He threw one touchdown pass and one interception.
Nick Chubb had 23 carries for 96 yards.
Jarvis Landry had three receptions for 62 yards. Odell Beckham Jr. had six receptions for 56 yards. Nick Chubb had four receptions for 35 yards. Demetrius Harris had a two-yard touchdown reception.
The Rams scored 17 points in the second half. Goff hit Kupp for an 11-yard touchdown reception. The duo also connected for a six-yard touchdown reception.
Greg Zuerlein also made a 37-yard field goal.
The Browns lone second half points came with Mayfield hit Harris for a two-yard touchdown.
Austin Seibert made two field goals for Cleveland in the first half. Zuerlein made a 53 yard field goal in the field half, as well.
“We matched up well against them,” Mayfield said. “I do not think it is like they are that much better than us. I think they are a great team, but we have to do our job. When you look at everything that happened tonight, if we do our job, I think we handle business.”